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Writing

At HCA, we use Talk for Writing to support the teaching of English.

Talk for Writing is an engaging teaching framework developed by Pie Corbett, supported by Julia Strong. It is powerful because it is based on the principles of how children learn.

The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.

The Talk for Writing method

The Talk for Writing method enables children to imitate orally the language they need for a particular topic, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version. Click the link to read about each of the 5 stages:

Reading 

At HCA, we use Read Write Inc for reading from Reception to Year 2 and for anybody in key stage 2 who still needs phonics input. The children will read a book in school three times and then take it home to read with somebody at home. The children take home a 'reading for pleasure' book aswell which is to be shared with somebody (not read by themselves). In EYFS and Key stage 1 we listen to the children read daily. After that the children take home a banded book which they also read in school in independent reading time or one-to-one reading with a teacher or teaching assistant. We have also developed our own Guided Reading Session, which takes place each week. 

The children are read to each day by their class teacher in a dedicated story time. They have the opportunity at some point in the week to visit the library to explore the different books and listen to a range of different stories. 

Our class story which we base our writing and literacy lessons off are high-quality texts which are diverse and a range of non-fiction and fiction books. We are looking into using the 'Power of Reading' scheme to support this. 

National Curriculum